Mostly sunny skies yesterday led to substantial surface melting. Field observations identified moist surface grains on all aspects at lower elevations and these effects were intensified on solar aspects. Temperatures were conducive to a hard refreeze last night and a variety of hard slick surfaces will exist throughout the range this morning. We can expect surface snow to soften on solar aspects by midday but sizable loose wet activity will remain unlikely.
While our recent weather patterns have led to relatively benign avalanche conditions, the biggest hazards today may be the thin coverage and the hard slick surface conditions. Timing will be important if you decide to venture into the backcountry. It may be necessary to climb on hard frozen snow and wait for the sun to soften things up before descending. Continue to practice safe travel techniques and bring the proper equipment for your objective. Most importantly be flexible and move to less consequential terrain if the challenging conditions don’t match up with your group's equipment or ability level.